Falling for The Guys

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Aug, 2020

Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout

Game Data

Platform:PS4
Price at Purchase:AU$0
From:PSN
Developer:Mediatonic
Publisher:Devolver
Released:4 Aug 2020
Rated:G
Genre:Unique
HowLongToBeat:NA
MetaCritic:80
Game Size on Disc3.95GB
Game Version at Review1.05

I had very little time to get excited about playing Fall Guys. I’d seen it foreshadowed on Twitter and tried like every other human on earth to get Steam or PS4 keys but even though they resorted to a live stream with new keys being random key numbers every 12 seconds.

I’d resigned myself to a Steam Pre-Order but then found out it was going to be PS-Plus and then knew it would be massive – like Rocket League massive.

So what’s the appeal?

  • It’s the most simple premise – 60-Player It’s A Knockout/Takashi’s Castle for Gang Beasts.
  • It’s brighly coloured
  • It’s super easy to “learn” – there are 3 controls: run, jump and dive
  • It’s reasonably fun to watch so has Blown Up on Twitch

So I’ve played and the kids have played. Is it amazing? Not entirely.

I’ve won a few times – on Hex-a-Gone and Jump for the Crown which were the first 2 final stages available – so I’m not useless – but I am also not overly crazy about the tight rotation of “courses” and very quickly lost the thrill of the very narrow music track selection and started beaming in my own music to retain some sanity.

15 September 2020

So after a few weeks away playing Other Games we hopped back in to see what had changed and because we’d heard there were a couple of new stages.

The first thing we noticed is that everyone else is good now. It’s a far more genuinely competitive game now that there are videos about The Ideal Line through every stage.

While I’m sure this is a good sign for the game, it has frankly lowered its appeal for me as part of what was fun at the start was that winning was if not easy then certainly within reach. Now I’m not so sure.

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